Besides its decennial official count, the U.S. Census Bureau produces national population projections every few years, but these projections are not broken down by state.

That’s where the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service comes in.

“We are one of the few research groups in the country that does 50-state projections,” demographer Shonel Sen said. “Some states do their own, and often compare their results to ours. Other states who do not produce any projections may use our numbers directly.”

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Pope Francis convenes the world’s bishops at the Vatican this week for an unprecedented meeting to discuss sexual abuse, turning a bright spotlight on the Catholic Church and on broader questions and complexities associated with organized religion.

University of Virginia students in courses like religious studies professor John Portmann’s “Cultural Catholicism” tackle these kinds of questions every day. For many, these courses not only help them understand faith from an academic standpoint, but also shape their personal explorations of faith and religion.

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Ask anyone their thoughts about the middle school years and odds are you will get a similar response, one that includes a grimace and a knowing nod acknowledging how awkward and difficult those years can be.

Researchers at the University of Virginia’s Youth-Nex center believe that instead of being years students simply endure, the middle school years can be those where young adolescents flourish and grow to become thriving young adults. This week, the center launched a multi-year effort to reimagine and remake middle school into such a reality.

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Ha Jiming, an economist and former vice chairman and chief investment strategist at Goldman Sachs in China, recently spoke to students at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business about the economic consequences of ongoing trade disputes between the United States and China. 

The talk came ahead of a looming March 2 deadline to prevent another round of escalating tariffs between the two countries, and as negotiations continue to strike a trade deal that both leaders can live with.

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Brandy distiller Robin Felder had a problem.

University of Virginia chemistry professor Brooks Pate had a potential solution.

Pate just didn’t know what the exact solution might be, having never worked on the type of analysis Felder was seeking – using a new technology to define the exact and proper time to complete the distillation process of a particular type of pear brandy in order to produce the optimal flavor and aroma.

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Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified a potential explanation for the mysterious death of specific brain cells seen in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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Having been a University of Virginia medical student for only a month, Victor Teran wasn’t sure what was going to come out of his visit to UVA Health System patient Leo Kingrea’s rural Gordonsville home on an autumn evening 3½ years ago.

“It was kind of surreal,” Teran recalled. “He lives out in the woods and had a horse. I guess I had thought the days of house calls were over.”

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Last fall, the students in the McIntire Investment Institute – a student-run investing group at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce – hit a pretty significant milestone: $1 million in assets, all under their own management.

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An antidepressant drug used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder could save people from deadly sepsis, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests.

Sepsis is a significant cause of death around the world. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Infection calls it “the body’s extreme response to an infection.” Essentially, the body’s immune response spirals out of control, and the normally beneficial inflammation becomes harmful. The result can be tissue damage, organ failure or even death.

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After eight years at the University of Virginia Police Department, Muki is retiring.

Muki is a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois who has served as the department’s explosive-detection canine. He will continue to live with his handler, Officer Audrell Ragland.

“He’s the type of dog that is really loveable,” Ragland said. “He loves to give people hugs and he loves to be petted, and he is a loveable type of guy.”

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Ten years ago, a group of University of Virginia students and administrators came together around Valentine’s Day to send a simple message of support to LGBTQ students.

“Love is love.”

The phrase stems from a national movement for LGBTQ rights and has grown in usage and recognition over the past decade, especially around the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

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He’s still listed on the University of Virginia wrestling roster, and you can still find him on the floor at Memorial Gymnasium for dual matches.

But fourth-year student Cam Harrell won’t be wearing a singlet. He’ll be in street clothes, with a camera in his hands. An African-American and African studies major, Harrell is also a photography intern in the UVA athletics department.

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Some of Phung Huynh’s fondest childhood memories involve peeling shrimp, chopping meat, washing vegetables and cooking rice.

The reason she looks back so fondly on those activities is because she did them with her mother, Nu Ly.

“She always loved to cook,” Huynh said, “and really enjoyed it when other people enjoyed her food.”

Huynh’s mother had learned from her own mother in Vietnam. One of Huynh’s mother’s dreams had been for her daughter to open her own restaurant.

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Students and parents often and understandably object to the high cost of textbooks, and colleges and universities also incur high costs to make academic research in scholarly journals available to students and faculty alike.

It’s a problem that affects everyone – students, researchers and scholars, the colleges and universities where they work, and the public who often have no easy access to the latest studies. A new partnership at the University of Virginia aims to solve these problems and to make new knowledge more readily available – and free.

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A fifth-grade school teacher is at her wits’ end.

Most nights it takes the woman – who is in her 40s – at least two hours to fall asleep. Almost every night, she wakes up at 3 a.m., then can’t get back to sleep for another two hours.

She has tried everything she can think of – a warm bath, reading before bed, leaving the television on – to no avail. Her husband has been supportive, but now feels helpless and is starting to lose patience.

This woman exemplifies the estimated 30 million people in the U.S. suffering from chronic insomnia.

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On Saturday morning, some seven hours before the No. 3-ranked University of Virginia men’s basketball team was set to tip off against No. 2 Duke, thousands of UVA diehards gathered at John Paul Jones Arena as ESPN’s popular “College GameDay” pre-game show returned to Charlottesville for the fourth time in the last five years.

As usual, they came bearing signs.

Lots of signs.

“Your signs are unbelievable!” GameDay host Rece Davis told the jam-packed student section during a commercial break.

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The University of Virginia’s School of Law checked in with some of its alumni to see how they are doing five, 10, 15 and 25 years after graduation.

See how Jake Gutwillig, Ashaki Holmes-Kidd, Tanya S. Wang and Douglas Eckert are using their degrees now.

Five: Jake Gutwillig, Class of 2013

Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell

New York, New York

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Each year, women flee Central America seeking a better life. Many want a better life in the United States, some settle in Mexico and others do not have a plan. In this journey, these migrants face a series of hazards, from getting their money stolen to being physically and sexually assaulted to having their children endangered.

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